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Victims help nab Fayetteville mall robbery suspects

Posted January 20, 2011

— Two women led Fayetteville police to two men who are suspected of robbing them and others at gunpoint at the Market Fair Mall, officers said.

Police said that two men pointed a gun at the women and demanded money at the mall at 1916 Skibo Road around 9 p.m. Wednesday.

"Fortunately, the victims had the presence of mind to follow the suspects and call in their location," Lt. Chris Davis said in a release.

Police arrested George Phillips, 18, and Demetrius Gamble, 16, both of 5342 Morganton Road – "which coincidentally is adjacent to the Market Fair Mall," Davis said.

Investigators also linked Phillips and Gamble to a Jan. 6 armed robbery at the mall in which the victims were forced to withdraw money from an ATM, police said. The victims in that case described one robber as baby faced and the second as badly scared by acne.

Phillips and Gamble were both charged with four counts of conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and two counts each of robbery with a dangerous weapon, second-degree kidnapping and felony conspiracy.


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  • bear2010 Jan 21, 2011

    bad acne ha! it will clear up after a couple years in jail.I think Bubby got a cure for that. " you gonna eat your cornbread"

  • ccs1920 Jan 20, 2011

    LIVEITUP/ Don't say that. 21% of our population will want to put George on a chain in their back yard.

  • LIVEITUP Jan 20, 2011

    George resembles a pit bull a little...

  • LIVEITUP Jan 20, 2011

    So glad the caught these punks. They'll be back on the "screets" to pick right up where they left off. They're already committing armed robberies... they'll be murdering before you know it. I'm sure their mothers are proud!

  • Dagn Jan 20, 2011

    Wonder what went wrong with these guys. Wonder if they hads a bad childhood. Well at least they is off the screets.

  • Bartmeister Jan 20, 2011

    There seems to be a reoccurring pattern here, just can't put my finger on it...................

  • kjackson47 Jan 20, 2011

    Their mothers must be so proud
    what's wrong with people? Its not hard to go to school and get a job! Its a whole lot better than rotting in jail

  • GWALLY Jan 20, 2011

    ...couple of Magna Cum Laude graduates from entitlement u!!

  • sammyg Jan 20, 2011

    Good grief, the second one DOES have a baby face...too bad he's trouble!

  • YNCSW51 Jan 20, 2011

    Good work FPD. Thanks for getting this criminals off the street and making the mall a safer place to shop.